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Question 1: Is a college degree required for admission?
Yes, either a BA or BS degree in a science field from an accredited US institution is required. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Question 2: Do I need to take an admissions entrance exam to apply to the program?
Yes. Official test scores for the general aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative and analytical of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken with in the last 5 years, with a score greater than or equal to 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative (alternatively, adequate MCAT or DAT scores will be accepted in lieu of GRE scores.

Question 3: Do I need to take any of the GRE subject tests (Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics)?
No, but if you do, they may help strengthen your application.

Question 4: Can I transfer from another graduate program?
No, the MSBS program does not currently accept transfer students, however up to 10 units of credit can be transferred, subject to the approval of the Graduate Dean.

Question 5: Can I transfer credits from another institution?
A maximum of 10 units from other institutions will be accepted as transfer credit at the discretion of the Dean.

Question 6: Do I need lab experience to apply to the MSBS program?
No, but lab experience may help you with your application.

Question 8: Is there an application fee? If so, how much is the application fee?
Yes, there is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.

Question 7: Is there an advantage to being an in-state applicant?
No. All students are considered on the basis of their ability to complete the program.

Question 8: Is the application paper or electronic?
The application is available electronically on the Apply Now page.

Question 9: Do you accept international students?
Yes.  International students are welcome to apply. 

Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.

Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the "Upload Materials" section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.

Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page.

Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official transcripts please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766

For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.

Question 5: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted. No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.

Question 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.

Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Payment is required at time of application, if fee waiver is approved a reimbursement will be issued.

Question 1: Is the program accredited?
Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Question 2: Are all classes held on the WesternU campus?
Yes, classes as well as laboratory rotations take place on the WesternU campus in Pomona, CA.

Question 3: As a graduate student, will I have an office?
No, but adequate workspace will be provided.

Question 4: When do classes begin?
Classes begin in the Fall (August).

Question 5: When are classes typically held?
Classes are held during the day Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. Laboratory work can also take place at other hours, including weekends, depending on experimental schedules. Those arrangements are made between individual students and their advisors.

Question 6: Who will be teaching the classes?
Courses in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) are taught by GCBS faculty and faculty with joint appointments between GCBS and other WesternU colleges, such as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Pharmacy.

Question 7: Is this a full-time or part-time program?
Full-time.

Question 8: How long is the program?
2 years of full-time study. Completion of 40 units.

Question 9: Can I take time off for family or health reasons?
Each case is considered on an individual basis, and the Director of Student Affairs makes the final determination.

Question 10: Are there different concentrations?
Yes, however there are concentrations of study in the following areas:

  • Traditional master’s with or without a research emphasis
  • Pre-professional

Question 11: How can I learn more about the financial aid available to me?
For more information regarding tuition, scholarships, and loans, please visit the financing my education and financial aid pages.

Question 12: Is the program on a semester or quarter system?
The MSBS program utilizes the semester system.

Question 13: How many students are accepted to each entering class?
The MSBS program can accommodate up to 60 students per year.

Question 14: Will I be required to write a thesis?
Students in the traditional concentration are required to write a thesis or prepare a portfolio.

Question 15: Will this program help me get into medical school? How about WesternU’s medical school?
Successful completion of a masters degree may help applicants applying to professional school, in particular completion of the pre-professional concentration. The traditional concentration has been specifically designed to help graduates find employment in biomedical research.

Question 16: I would like more information on WesternU’s research laboratories, where can I find this?
See WesternU’s research web site for more information regarding the facilities and equipment available for use.

Question 17: Is a laptop computer required? (If so, what are the minimum specifications?)
Yes, a laptop computer is required. You will be expected to supply your own computer or use computers available in the library or through arrangement with your faculty advisor.

Question 18: Are classes available online?
No, class attendance is mandatory for all enrolled MSBS students.

Question 19: Do I get time off for the holidays?
The WesternU campus normally closes on major holidays, see the university calendar for more details.

Question 20: Do I get summers off? Will I be expected to work in the lab over the summer?
Students are expected to be in attendance throughout the year.Lab work is arranged with faculty advisors.

Question 21: Can I work in any laboratory at WesternU?
A number of WesternU faculty in the different colleges have agreed to mentor MSBS students. Students do rotations in several different labs as part of the process of selecting an advisor.

Question 22: How is this program/degree different from the MS Pharmaceutical Sciences degree?
The MSBS program is taught by faculty from across WesternU, and student research can entail a broad range of research topics, rather than one specific area. Also, the program seeks to prepare students for employment in a variety of biomedical research settings rather than just in the pharmaceutical industry.

Question 23: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.